How do you explain a place so special, a moment that stands out, a style of living? The ski season is a collaboration of acquiring moments, surrounding your self with inspiration, most importantly joining like minded people to explore places with wonder and excitement. Balancing great slogs with adventures, and safety with everyday crux decisions.
This is why we go to new places traveling in a team, working together. I am lucky to have team-mates with a similar style of skiing, taking pride in mountain craft… we learn and share strengths of each other.
United in Chamonix the BMT team started looking at options for the next project. The storm looked like it would hit harder down south. So Ian Mackintosh, Stian Hagen, Austin Ross and I packed up the gear and drove to La Grave.
Arriving in the dark La Grave’s village lights lit up the side of the hill, on the other side of the valley you could see the silhouette of the what you could imagine to be big ski terrain. Waking up to fresh snow on the terrace is a skiers dream, seeing light above breaking clouds fills us with the possiblitliy of a magical blue bird powder day.
We spent the next four days exploring the terrain with the local knowledge from Joe Vallone, getting some impressive La Grave Classics some of the best conditions. Everything about the La Grave trip stood out, I left the valley knowing I would be back and I had only just seen a small corner of what this valley has to offer a skier.